Photography can be an extremely fun hobby, a useful tool for recording history, and a means of artistic expression. Advancements in automatic settings keep trying to make it easier to create quality images, but most of us are still quite often disappointed in the results from our expensive camera. In this class, students will learn to create photographs outside of automatic modes and take control over their cameras. Together we will explore your camera’s most important menu options and controls in order to create images that look the way you want them to look. Students will gain an understanding of what makes a good technical quality digital photograph and how to achieve this using a variety of camera controls. Students will be given the topic of each class in advance and asked to read their camera’s user manual to locate the controls on their particular camera prior to each class. In order to maximize the instructional time on line, the instructor will make himself available to assist students, if necessary, outside of the allotted classroom time. Short practice exercises will also be assigned to help students fully understand the concepts discussed in class. If requested, the instructor will be happy to provide feedback on your practice images.
Chris Stambaugh graduated from NAIT in 1989. He has served as President of the Alberta Professional Photographers association and as President of the Professional Photographers of Canada, and earned the Master of Photographic Arts designation from the Professional Photographers of Canada and an honorary fellowship in the Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers of the United Kingdom. The professional Photographers of Canada have also awarded Chris with the designation “Service of Photographic Arts” and “Honorary Lifetime Member”. He is a five-time finalist for Alberta Portrait Photographer of the year and was once a finalist for Canadian Photographer of the Year. Twice he has won the award for “best wedding album” in Canada. Chris has taught at The Burwell School of Photography, Edmonton Public Schools – METRO Continuing Education, NAIT Continuing Education, and ELLA.